The Bruins have owned the rights to center Carl Soderberg since 2007. Now, there’s a chance they may actually see him Stateside.
Earlier this season, reports indicated that the B’s were planning to finally sign the 6-foot-3 Swedish forward, once his Swedish Elite League team, Linkopings HC, was eliminated from the playoffs.
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Soderberg, who was originally elected by the St. Louis Blues No. 49 overall in 2004, led the SEL with 31 goals in the regular season to go with 29 assists in just 54 games. The 27-year-old was suspended earlier this postseason for dishing out a mean crosscheck, which can be seen here.
Soderberg suffered a very serious eye injury early in his career. His rights were traded to the Bruins in exchange for goalie Hannu Toivonen in 2007.
“I’m not hanging my hat on this. I hope to get him, and if we get him he will help us,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said earlier this year. “I do know where some parties involved will be [in the decision-making process]. I don’t know where some other parties involved will be in this.”